Oratorio de San Feligo Neri, Cadiz
This Church was originally built in the late 17th century. It is eliptical in shape and typically baroque in it´s décor and architecture - designed by Blas Díaz. However sadly the original building was destroyed in the great earthquake of Lisbon in 1755, it was rebuilt by Pedro Afanador in 1764.
A place of pilgrimage for democracy-loving Spaniards, since it was here where a group of radicals gathered in 1812 to proclaim a liberal constitution of Spain and it was here that the Cortes of Cadiz (parliament) met when the rest of Spain was subjected to the rule of Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte, more popularly known as Pepe Botella for the love of the bottle. Its exterior is covered with commemorative shields to honour the occasion, and to mark the 1st centennary of the Cortes of Cádiz, the bicentennary will be in 2012 (see related blog for more details).
On the main alter is an Immaculate Conception by Murillo, the great Sevillian artist who in 1682 fell to his death from a scaffolding while working on his Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine in the Chapel of Santa Catalina
Since 1807 the Church annually hosts services to celebrate El día de la Inmaculada, and El día de San Juan.
There is nothing of note inside the church. There is an adjoining museum which gives more information about the Cortes of Cádiz, and the radicals of 1812.
Price: 1.50 EUR
Tel: 956 21 16 12
Calle Santa Ines.